Forbes India Celebrity 100 List: Salman Khan Tops for Third Consecutive Year, Virat Kohli Next
Forbes India Celebrity 100 List for 2018 is out now. Here’s how your favourite Bollywood stars are faring.
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Salman Khan has done it again. He has been named the highest earning Indian celebrity by Forbes once more, cementing his position at the top.
Thanks to his blockbuster films, many brand endorsements and television projects, the 52-year-old raked in Rs 253.25 crore between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018, becoming the country’s highest paid celeb for the third consecutive year.
Interestingly, on the second spot is not an actor but a cricketer. With Rs 228.09 crore earnings, it’s Virat Kohli. Akshay Kumar (Rs 185 crore) follows next.
Notably, Deepika Padukone has become the first woman to feature in the top 5 of this list ever since it was created in 2012. With Rs 112.8 crore earnings—courtesy Padmaavat and her many brand endorsements—she features at No. 4. At No. 5 in Mahendra Singh Dhoni with total earnings worth Rs 101.77 crore.
The usual suspects—Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and Ajay Devgn—follow next in the top 10 bracket.
The two celebrities who have slipped majorly through the ranks this year are Shah Rukh Khan (to No. 13 from No. 2 last year) and Priyanka Chopra (to No. 49 from No. 7). Since Shah Rukh had no theatrical release between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018 (the period under review), his earnings (Rs 56 crore) came largely from his businesses and advertisements.
According to Forbes, the top 100 celebrities together earned Rs 3,140.25 crore this year, 17% percent more than last year’s Rs 2,683 crore.
However, this year, only 18 women—including actors Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Taapsee Pannu, Nayanthara and ace shuttler PV Sindhu—have made it to the list. Last year, their number was 21.
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